Friday, May 31, 2019

Filming to affect some downtown streets

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2019 at 11:19 AM

Several roads will be closed and downtown historic district traffic will be impacted June 4-6 to accommodate movie filming, the City of Savannah says.

"Lincoln Street between Broughton Street and Oglethorpe Avenue will be closed for 'dirting' of the streets for a production," a City spokesperson says.

"State Street between Abercorn and Habersham streets, as well as President Street between Abercorn and Habersham streets will also be closed."

Chatham County Police participate in diversity and inclusion training

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2019 at 11:16 AM

Chatham County Police Department Officers will continue a diversity and inclusion training course on Friday, May 31 "by bringing members of the community together to discuss how officers and citizens can work to avoid any issues that could arise from cultural differences," a spokesperson says.

The officers are participating in the “Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness” course developed by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The course involves a number of exercises designed to enhance the skills of officers when they are called on by citizens who may be in disenfranchised or hard-to-reach communities.

"As part of the training, officers were asked to each invite a member of the community that they interact with who may have concerns about being marginalized or misunderstood in some situations," the department says.

"Officers and community members will meet Friday morning at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum for a 'Pro-Action Café,' where they will participate in discussions designed to help bridge any gaps in cultural understanding.

Community leaders scheduled to participate include:

Richard Shinholster, NAACP

Alfonzo Ribot, Metro Savannah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Candace Harnett, LGBTQ Community Activist

Emily Bressler, Grace House

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Carriage tours suspended due to heat

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 4:45 PM

City of Savannah Code Compliance director Kevin Milton has announced suspension of all horse drawn carriage tours in the City for Wednesday, May 29, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

"This is directly in response to predicted temperatures exceeding those allowed by City Ordinance Section 6-1596," a City spokesperson says.

Access the current City of Savannah Horse Drawn Carriage Ordinance here.

Lecture to explore food insecurity in Savannah

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 11:43 AM

Food insecurity issues in Savannah will be the focus of the second presentations of the 2019 Enmarket Encourage Health Series on Tuesday, June 25, at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St.

The presenter will be Desirae Suggs, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica who is studying to become a registered dietitian. She is a certified personal trainer who has an interest in nutrition and fitness following weight problems she faced earlier in her life.

"Among her topics will be a research study conducted with local food pantries, soup kitchens and Second Harvest in Chatham County to assess how food is distributed and whether it meets the needs of the people those groups serve," a spokesperson says.

Doors will open for the June 25 event at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 11:45 a.m. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required because a healthy lunch will be provided and seating is limited. To RSVP, visit

This marks the sixth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, David’s Dry Cleaners, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, the City of Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and WRHQ.

Fatal shooting at gun range

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 10:54 AM

Savannah Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating an accidental fatal shooting at a shooting range on Monday.

"Around 3 p.m. officers responded to Savannah Quick Shot, 7207 White Bluff Road, and discovered John Salvati, 59, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Memorial Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries," police report.

Police say an initial investigation "revealed Salvati was inadvertently shot by another member of his party while at the range."

The incident remains under investigation.

Man sought in investigation

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 10:53 AM

Chatham County Police detectives are working to locate a man wanted for questioning as part of an ongoing investigation.

Detectives say they want to find Christopher Jasper. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Chatham County Police at 912-652-6920 or Crime Stoppers at 912-234-2020. Tipsters are anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Fatal pedestrian-involved crash on I-95

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 10:51 AM

Savannah Police’s Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating a crash that fatally wounded a pedestrian on Interstate 95 the morning of May 24.

"At around 2:10 a.m., Darel Dodge, 60, was walking in the emergency lane area of southbound Interstate 95, near mile marker 105. At the same time, a light blue 2006 Honda Odyssey van was traveling south on Interstate 95. The van left the southbound travel lanes and struck Dodge, who succumbed to his injuries," police report.

The driver of the Honda Odyssey fled the scene prior to police’s arrival on scene. TIU detectives encourage anyone with information on this crash or the possible suspect to contact their office at (912) 525-2421. Tipster may also contact CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters are anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Deep Center receives NEA 'Our Town' grant

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2019 at 10:07 AM

Deep Center has been named one of only 57 national recipients of the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town award.

Of the $4.1 million awarded across the country, Deep will receive $150,000 to support Still Astronauts, a project of its Block by Block program.

"Launched in 2011, Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative-placemaking grants program. It supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities by transforming them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places," says a Deep spokesperson.

Still Astronauts, a project of Deep’s Block by Block program, "will employ creative writing and art-making to engage young and adult writers and artists along with policymakers and adult stakeholders in research, art-making and storytelling, community-building, and envisioning change for Chatham County’s birth-to-prison-pipeline," they say.

Partners include the City of Savannah, the Chatham County Juvenile Court, the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, and the Savannah Police Department. Still Astronauts gets it title from a poem, “No Longer Astronauts,” by Deep author Nadine Niang about the harmful effects of America’s juvenile justice system.

“Deep Center is following our young leaders in addressing Savannah’s most pressing issues for youth and their families,” said Dare Dukes, executive director of Deep Center. “And our region’s birth-to-prison-pipeline is right at the top of that list. We are grateful for the NEA’s support in helping Deep Center’s community elevate the dialogue, share the hard truths, and celebrate visions for changing the way Savannah supports its young people.”

“These awards made to organizations across the United States are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Deep are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

Suspect sought in Northern Tools shoplifting

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2019 at 10:02 AM

Savannah Police Southside Precinct detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who shoplifted items from Northern Tools on May 9th.

"At around 5:40 p.m., the suspect entered the store on the 7500 block of Abercorn Street and stole items before exiting through a rear emergency door. The suspect is described as a white male standing approximately 6 feet tall, with a slim build. During the incident, he wore a blue shirt, jeans and white shoes," police report.

Anyone with information on this case or the suspect’s identity is asked to call detectives at 912-525-3100 x1076 or CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters are anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Savannah Police officer killed in shooting is identified

Posted By on Sun, May 12, 2019 at 10:52 AM

 The Savannah Police Department confirms that an officer who was shot while responding to a robbery call Saturday night in the Starland area of Bull Street has succumbed to his injuries.

The officer has been identified in other official reports as Sgt. Kelvin Ansari, a 10-year veteran of the Savannah Police Dept. and a U.S. Army veteran.

"At approximately 8:10 p.m. on May 11, officers responded to the 2300 block of Bull Street to follow-up on a previous robbery call. Officers were notified of a vehicle description and upon locating and approaching the vehicle, a shooting occurred. Two officers as well as the suspect sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital at that time. The second officer involved was treated and released," Savannah police report.

As per standard protocol, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was called in to investigate this incident further.

SPD is planning to hold a press conference Sunday afternoon to release further information. 

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